Reports are coming in saying that when Harriet Wrye saw Tara Reade on TV accusing Joe Biden of sexual assault, she did a double-take.
“Jim, that’s Tara,” the 79-year-old author and psychologist said to her husband, “but she has a different name.”
The Wrye’s knew Tara, but they knew her as Tara McCabe. Reade had rented a yurt on their California property. While living there she had tended to the Wrye’s and her own horses. She lived there for about 10 months in 2017. The Wrye’s say that during her time on their property Reade frequently knocked on their door seeking emotional comfort. She often asked for financial help and forgiveness for late rent, which they always granted.
“I would sit down and talk to her and try to be encouraging and supportive,” said Wrye. She adds that she believed that Reade “had heart and some good qualities.”
“This lack of money was hugely problematic for her. She was always on the ropes in that way.”
Wrye adds that Reade often brought up Joe Biden, but never mentioned a sexual assault. She says when she spoke about Biden, she always spoke highly of him.
Wrye goes on to tell Politico that what she remembers most is feeling “burned” when Reade left.
Wyre’s husband suffered a brain injury that forced them to sell their home, and Wrye says it was at that point that Reade turned on them.
“She became really difficult,” Wrye said. “She said, ‘You’re going to have to pay me to get me to leave.’”
“She was manipulative,” Wrye added. “She was always saying she was going to get it together, but she couldn’t.”
Wrye is far from the only person to be left angry and disappointed by Reade. She left a trail of angry acquaintances along the California Central Coast who recall Reade only speaking highly of Joe Biden. They also say in one way or another Reade ripped them off.
Politico interviewed over a dozen people, who had interaction with Reade through her work in the animal rescue community. All of those people had the same story about Reade…she was down on her luck, needed money, skipped rent payments, and ran off owing bills.
Politico reviewed emails, Facebook messages, texts, bills, and court records detailing more than a dozen people’s grievances with Reade. The also reviewed court documents, divorce filings, and bankruptcy records from 2012.
Politico reached out to Reade by phone, but she refused to answer any questions. She advised them to contact her attorney, Douglas Wigdor.
“You can use these words: manipulative, deceitful, user,” said Kelly Klett, an attorney who rented Reade a room in her home in 2018. “Looking back at it all now, that is exactly how I view her and how I feel about her.”
“She has a problem,” said Lynn Hummer, who owns a horse sanctuary where Reade volunteered for two years. She went on to describe Reade as “very clever, manipulative. … I do think she’s a liar.”
Hummer provided an email in which Reade asked if she could bring her car on their property and hid it from the Repo man. Hummer told her no.
Hummer recalled Reade coming by the ranch and begging for $200 for rent. Before Hummer could reply Reade had upped the needed amount to $350. Hummer also says that Reade called a vet to the ranch to treat her horse and left Hummer with the $1,400 bill.
Austin Chung rented Reade a home in the Monterey area from 2008-2010. He was shocked to see her on TV making allegations against Biden.
“Look,” he told his wife, “she has gone big time. She’s going after the big fish now.”
At the time that Chung knew Reade, she went by Alexandra McCabe. Chung says that she convinced him that she had left her husband and he was so moved by her story he did extra work to get the house ready for her. However, once she moved in payments were made late every month.
Feeling sorry for her he made the decision to reduce the rent, but eventually, he had no choice but to evict her.
Chung lost thousands of dollars because of the damages she had done to the house he rented her. He says he confronted her, and she showed no remorse so he knew he would never see the money that she owed him.
Chung said he met another individual that had the same type of issues with Reade.
“Did she think that all of the people she ran over would just roll over and die and forget about her? No. I recognize her face,” he said.
“We are actually starting to find each other and put the pieces together because we saw her face on CNN,” Chung said. “I thought to myself, ‘hey, I have a support group now. I think we are Alexandra/Tara survivors.”
One of the people that Chung has met because of his past with Reade is an attorney named Klett. Reade showed up at Klett’s 30-acre horse farm in 2018 to rent a room he had available.
Reade told her, she was a victim of domestic violence and that she was studying to take the bar exam.
She asked for a drop in the rent and dropped Joe Biden’s name.
“She spoke to me about Joe Biden and her experience with him,” said Klett. “It was positive and in a bragging sense.”
She agreed to lower rent and let her move in, however even with reduced rent Reade could not make the payments, which were only $200 a month. When her failure to pay continued she asked her to vacate his home.
“I’m still waiting to get my law books back,” Klett said.
Klett said she is shocked by Reade’s allegations against Biden. now struck by Reade’s allegations about Biden. “In the time that she lived with me in close proximity,” she said, “there was never one allegation against Joe Biden that was disparaging.”
Klett adds that Reade called her in 2019 after first publicly lodging allegations that Biden. She sats at that time she did not share the details of the assault.
“I felt two things when she contacted me: that she was feeling me out to see if I would represent her pro bono. And there was a sense that she was trying to plant a story with me, so she could later say: ‘I told the story to this attorney I worked with,’” Klett said.
“I support women who have been assaulted. Unfortunately, I cannot support Tara Reade,” Klett said. “When she first contacted me regarding this issue, she could not provide enough credible information. And since that time the story has evolved in the media. I question her motives.”